Fight erupts in gunfire at Houston college campus
HOUSTON -- A fight between two people erupted in gunfire yesterday at a community college, leaving a suspect and two others wounded.
No one was killed, but the volley of gunshots heard shortly after noon on the Lone Star College campus sparked fear of another campus massacre.
A suspect, Carlton Berry, 22, is charged with aggravated assault but remains hospitalized with wounds suffered in the shooting, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office Tuesday night.
The shooting happened outside between an academic building and the library where Luis Resendiz, 22, was studying on the second floor. An employee called police and herded the 30 to 40 people in the library into a small room and told them to crouch down, Resendiz said.
Keisha Cohn, 27, was in a building about 50 feet away and began running as soon as she heard the shots. "To stay where I was wasn't an option," said Cohn, who fled to a building that houses computers and study areas. All the students eventually were evacuated, running out of buildings as police officers led them to safety.
Authorities offered no details about what had led to the fight. Earlier, Maj. Armando Tello of the sheriff's office said that one of the two involved had a student ID, and both were wounded and hospitalized while a fourth person was taken to a hospital.
Mark Zaragosa said he had just come out of an EMT class when he saw two people who were injured and stopped to help them. "One gentleman had a gunshot to the knee and the [other] actually had an entry wound to the lower buttocks area," he told KHOU-TV.
Richard Carpenter, chancellor of the Lone Star College System, said its campus, a gun-free zone, "has been safe for 40 years."